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Archive for December 31st, 2009

Financial Times 13,272 / Alberich

Posted by Gaufrid on 31st December 2009

Gaufrid.

It’s me again, sorry! Apologies for the late appearance of this analysis but the scheduled blogger resides on the other side of the pond and I wanted to give him time to get up.

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Independent – Review of 2009

Posted by nmsindy on 31st December 2009

nmsindy.

There were 364 puzzles (every day except Christmas Day) in the Indy (including IoS) in 2009.      23 setters appeared.    The policy of using themes, Ninas, continued, maybe even intensified.

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Independent 7241 by Nimrod

Posted by nmsindy on 31st December 2009

nmsindy.

A clever New Year’s Eve puzzle by Nimrod.    Nmsindy solved the clues in 39 mins, then spent another 30 mins trying to puzzle out the unclued ones before surrendering and going to the website – all became clear.

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Guardian 24,895 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 31st December 2009

Andrew.

A fine end to the Guardian Crossword year with this tricky, clever and amusing puzzle from Paul. The “sums” in the first four across clues are particularly ingenious, but there’s lots more to enjoy. Happy New Year to Paul and all our readers.

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Independent on Sunday 1037 by Quixote – 27 Dec 2009

Posted by nmsindy on 31st December 2009

nmsindy.

I found this a mixture of extremely easy clues and some quite tricky ones, solving time, 22 mins.    A seasonal touch when 1 down and 11 down are looked at together.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 893 – A Chore by Mynot

Posted by Gaufrid on 31st December 2009

Gaufrid.

There were quite a few easy, or relatively easy, clues in this puzzle so I had 90% of the grid (excluding the perimeter) filled in very quickly. It was then time to look at the unclued thematic entries referred to in the preamble.

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